Exploring Asia Overview
Cathay Pacific B777-300ER Business Class San Francisco to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Lounge Review: The Cabin at HKG
Cathay Dragon A330-300 Business Class Hong Kong to Beijing
Lodging Review: Regent Beijing Hotel
Beijing: Dongcheng District
Beijing: The Great Wall
Beijing: Run-ze Jade Garden
Beijing: The Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs
Beijing: The Legend of Kung Fu
Beijing: Tiananmen Square
Beijing: The Forbidden City
Beijing: Hutong Tour via Rickshaw, Tea Tasting, Flying to Xi’an
Lodging Review: Hotel Shangri-La Xi’an
Xi’an: Qing Dynasty Terra Cotta Warriors
Xi’an: Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show
Xi’an Wrap-Up, Flying to Lhasa, Lhasa Home Visit
Lodging Review: Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa
Lhasa: Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market
Lhasa: Canggu Nunnery and Sera Monastery
Lhasa: Potala Palace
Leaving Lhasa and Flying to Chongqing
Cruising the Three Gorges
Three Gorges Dam
Jingzhou City Walls Tour
Wuhan: Hubei Bells Performance and Provincial Museum
Shanghai: Shanghai Museum
Lodging Review: Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai
Shanghai: Old Shanghai and Yuyan Gardens
Lodging Review: The New Otani Tokyo Hotel
Tokyo: City Tour
Mt. Fuji and Hakone Tour Returning by Shinkansen
ANA Suites Lounge Review, Tokyo Narita
All Nippon Airways B777-300ER First Class Tokyo Narita to Houston
Since Narita Airport is so far from downtown Tokyo (over an hour’s drive on a good day) and traffic is always a question mark, Viking arranged for me to leave the hotel at 6:30 AM for my 11:15 AM flight. As it turned out, traffic was light and we made very good time. Another couple from our cruise was in the same van but they were flying KLM so there were two Viking assistants there to meet us at the airport. One took the KLM couple to the south check-in point while mine loaded my bags on a cart and guided me to the north check-in.
As I was in ANA First, we walked back to the Z check-in area which is a private area for ANA, United and other airlines. There were about 4 ANA reps inside and I was the only passenger at that point so it felt a little strange (but nice!) to be doted on so much. Check-in was very efficient and I was directed to the dedicated security lane, the one that can only be accessed directly from the First Class check-in area. Naturally that process was speedy as well.
Then it was down the escalator to Immigration, where, of course, I picked the line that didn’t move. But I had plenty of time and once the one person holding up the line finally got through, our line moved efficiently as well.
I turned left and walked past a number of shops and one gate before coming to the escalator leading to the airline lounges.
After checking in at the desk, I was directed to the doors on the right, which lead to the ANA Suites Lounge. I’m guessing First Class passengers on other airlines are directed to the left side along with Business Class passengers.
Shortly after walking through the doors I was greeted promptly and led to a seating area where I camped out for the next few hours. I had a group of four seats to myself, which was handy as each seat had a single outlet so I charged up my electronics while I waited.
There were great tarmac views. Most of the planes were ANA though I did see Thai Airlines and Singapore Airlines represented at gates on the other side of the concourse.
I had eaten a small breakfast (included with our tour) at the New Otani so I wasn’t really hungry upon arrival but the breakfast buffet was primarily Japanese foods anyway. I can eat lots of traditional Japanese foods for lunch and dinner but I still need my cereal, juice, pastries, etc. for breakfast. Mid-morning I was getting a little hungry so I had a small salad to tide me over until lunch on the plane.
The lounge is quite large with a few different seating types but there’s at least one, sometimes two, outlets at each seat. Coat trees, complete with hangers, were available at many different seating groups, great for business travelers who have to dress up.
There was a quiet room with three lounging chairs, two of which were massage chairs.
The business center was the best I’ve seen with multiple outlets and even a large TV screen on one side of each cube, I assume to view presentations.
The bathroom was sparkling each time I visited.
Boarding announcements were made notifying passengers when it was time to board.
I really enjoyed visiting this lounge and wish I had one near me I could visit often!